Narratives online: shared stories in social media

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Stories are shared by millions of people online every day. They post and re-post interactions as they re-tell and respond to large-scale mediated events. These stories are important as they can bring people together, or polarise them in opposing groups. Narratives Online explores this new genre - the shared story - and uses carefully chosen case-studies to illustrate the complex processes of sharing as they are shaped by four international social media contexts: Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Building on discourse analytic research, Ruth Page develops a new framework - 'Mediated Narrative Analysis' - to address the large scale, multimodal nature of online narratives, helping researchers interpret the micro- and macro-level politics that are played out in computer-mediated communication.

Enables readers to understand how large-scale stories are created and consumed online

Proposes a new framework, 'mediated narrative analysis', that can be applied to any kind of computer-mediated communication

Uses a rich variety of examples from well-known contemporary social media
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9781107139916
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


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